Ode to Tent City London
Let's share some travel experience this time!
In 1999 (a loooong time ago!) we went to London. Ryanair was young then, and so it was a bit pricey, but Torino was connected directly and it was summertime! So off we went, and a horrible sandwich and a 30 pound, 30 minutes' train journey after, we were in central London!
We brought tents, and so we ended up in the only camping site in London, the Tent City!
It was basically a field, with and old barrack with (common) showers and a cashier. It was in central london, or maybe just outside the first zone of the subway. The place had been founded by some hippies in the '60s, and it was run by some 90's hippies still!
At night, some music parties (I remember it was the Manu-chau king of the bongo - obsessive summer), lots of alcohol (I was eighteen after all!) and the usual amount of pot smoking you'd expect to find in a summer camp run by and hosted by post-hippies. (i don't smoke, makes me cough)
Some really strange people were staying in the various tiny tents:
- a gay couple, with a 25 years old tall guy, wearing a miniskirt and rollerblades (which we instantly called "giacu fumna" literally "james woman".. don't ask) and a 60 years old professor, wearing some hawaiian shirt- Expecially funny people when dancing on the king of the bongo in the morning.
- a traveling circus, whose components were all black, performing some stunts on bikes, smoking from dawn till dusk, and humiliating us all in the (common) showers... (extreme drop of self esteem)
- assorted guys with black fingernails
- an italian girl working for the organization, which let us go without paying for the last day (she had been sitting in a strange circle while we were packing... so "no need to pay brothers... we're all friends here.."
- a corean guy doing nightshifts at the cashier, normally giving you back all the money you gave him as change when paying...
It was the cheapest possible place in London (except sleeping under bridges).
don't look for it though... the neighborhood had it closed some years ago for night noises and loud music. they were not "all friends there" after all... :D